By Jason Boyle
Blackstone Products began in 2005 when they came to market with their original product the 36” griddle. Their “goal is to bring family and friends together with the most efficient and functional griddles on the market.” Their current line up features three different grill sizes, 17, 28 and 36 inches, a pizza oven, a tailgater combo and more. Their website is easy to use and worth giving a look.
I received the Blackstone Products 28” griddle for this review. The 28”griddle comes in a matte black finish and a stainless steel version. The grill features two independent H shaped burners, and Blackstone claims that the H shape helps ensure even heating. Each burner is claimed to supply 17,000 BTU. There is a piezo lighter powered by a single AA battery to light the burners.
The frame itself is fairly simple – a handle on one end and a shelf on the other. The unit has wheels on the opposite side from the handle that makes it is easy to move. There is also a bottom tray at the mid-point of the legs for storage. The bottom tray can be removed via knobs and the legs of the griddle fold up for easy transport.
The griddle is made of cold rolled steel and has a 28.5” by 16.5” cooking surface. Three sides of the griddle have a wall that is about an inch high and the front of the griddle has a small “V” shaped groove to help funnel oil to the included drip cup that hangs from the edge of the griddle.
Putting together the Blackstone griddle was fairly easy. It came shipped in a large box that held all the components. All of the small items came in a blister pack. I did think that I was missing a few screws at first, but they were inside of the control knobs for the burners. I was able to put the entire thing together in about 10 minutes with only a screwdriver and a pair of pliers and a little bit of help from my wife.
The griddle needs to be seasoned before it is used. It comes covered with soy oil to help preserve the griddle while shipping. Blackstone gives extensive instructions on how to season the griddle on their website. I highly recommend following these instructions. I followed them and my griddle has already started to develop a nice black finish.
There are several characteristics that I will look for while reviewing the Blackstone 28” Griddle. Cleanliness is the first. How easy is the griddle to clean? If it is difficult or tedious to clean that will certainly detract from my desire to use it. Second, how easy is the griddle to cook on? Third, how easy is the griddle to transport. Blackstone mentions it is transportable for tailgating and camping. These are just a few of the questions I want answer over the next couple of months.
This concludes my initial review. Please check back in about a month for my update. Thanks to 4alloutdoors.org and Blackstone for providing the griddle for this review.